[vision_content_box style = "autumn" title = "Pablo Ayma"] The day after the release of the 2016 WPT calendar, Padel Magazine meets the coach Pablo Ayma, former leading player who has now converted to training and coaching players from padel in the Barcelona region:
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Pablo is training this season the female pairs number 6 G. Triay - L. Sainz (*) as well as C. Paz - P- Eyerhaguibel (pair 11 WPT).
The wpt 2016 calendar has just been released and several measures are paying the women's paddle. How do you interpret this trend?
This is a great step forward, we recognize that these improvements are well deserved. If we look back 5-6 years, the players able to attract the attention of the public and the sponsors were not numerous, today the situation has changed, the development of the padel female is undeniable and I would not hesitate to say that overall there are more female players than male players.
The development of padel feminine helps to make padel spectacular, pleasant and also contributes to the profitability of this business.
What does it mean to be professional in 2016?
The evolution towards a padel pro has been progressive, this means today a full involvement on the part of the players.
The training of my players is organized around 3 weekly sessions of play on track, 2 to 3 weekly physical work sessions, 2 to 4 monthly sessions supervised by a sports psychologist to which we must add advice in casi-permanent nutrition.
This season, you lead two pairs recently composed, the fact of evolving at the highest level with a new player assumes an extra workload?
Of course, a break-in period before reaching the optimal level is necessary.
If the agreement, coordination and play are potentially good, do not wait for big results before spending 1 full season together.
Sue the men's circuit, I would say that this is different, players tops have known for years, and over time, some pairs are reforming (Mieres - Lamperti example ndr).
It is here that the influence of the sponsors influences the career of the top players:
a good sponsorship contract can put me in a "comfort zone" affecting my motivation when looking for the best ranking or sports result.
Apart from the WPT pro circuit, what are the competitions on which your players line up?
National team championship and some stages of the Catalan circuit, if the calendar allows it.
Outside the hard competition, the players also attend exhibitions and clinics offered by local clubs.
On the side of France ... what inspires you the introduction of the format no ad (9 games and 2 sets) for official tournaments FFT?
This does not fit the professional padel, since the rest of the world has adopted another standard. The format in 9 games seems to me unfair and unfair.
My point of view is that the format no ad is perfect for amateur padel, the matches are shortened, it allows more rotation during tournaments, and also more profitability for the organizers, with the possibility to play more people.
I myself came from a generation of players who practiced the padel with a rule now missing that prohibited the smash of the opponent on a return of service ... the removal of this rule has changed the sport to an offensive game and spectacular currently very fashionable!
Whatever the time, change is never welcome!
What would be your advice for French players interested in the competition at the highest level?
In padel as in other disciplines, there is no miracle recipe: it is by rubbing you to the best that your level can improve. Do not neglect coaching, and if possible, practice with the best players.
... The migration to the holy land padel is inevitable?
Today, I see little alternative, hope that in the future, some coaches are turning to France to train players.
The last word, for the leaders of French clubs and trainers ...
The growth of a sport practice involves the training of young players.
Remember that in 2006 in Spain, there were few training centers for young players and the high level of minors practically nonexistent.
It was only from 2007-2008 that the minor padel developed and the schools actually started their training and detection work.
This approach is bearing fruit as the level among young people is currently excellent, the results on the international scene demonstrate it. In France as in the other emerging nations of the padel, it is necessary to develop axes of reflections around the formation of the young players.
Interviewed in Terrassa, 15 / 03 / 2016.
(*) Only new pair of the women's 10 top
Interviewed by Jean-Marc Hérard
Jean-Marc Herard is the chronicler Padel Magazine internationally. Barcelona offers us a more international vision of padel including his chronicle Padel Buzz. JMH is the scanner of padel World.